Local government IT excellence finalists announced

IT trade association Intellect has announced the finalists for this year's Local Government IT Excellence Awards.

IT trade association Intellect has announced the finalists for this year's Local Government IT Excellence Awards.

The City of York Council, Stockport Council, Hampshire County Council, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and Mid Sussex District Council all made the shortlist for the Local Government IT Excellence Awards.

The projects range from Northern Ireland's shared services centre, providing common IT services to 11 departments, to Hampshire's recruitment portal, which gives 12 local authorities one way of managing recruitment.

Stockport Council's project provides young people with an online counselling service via Kooth.com, while York's service transformation project, called easy@york, saved the council £250,000 in its first financial year.

The awards are run by Intellect, The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) and Solace and the winner will be announced at Socitm's annual conference next month.

The competition has been running for 13 years. It seeks to highlight and reward local authorities that have used IT to improve services.

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